Rome (AP) - After turbulent days of the government crisis, Italy is waiting for the "showdown".
On Monday and Tuesday in the Senate and in the Chamber of Deputies meetings of the group chairmen are crucial, which are crucial for the further steps on the way to an ever more likely new election.
The interior minister and leader of the right wing, Matteo Salvini, had plunged the government alliance with the five-star movement into crisis and announced a vote of no confidence against the non-party Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Meanwhile, the tone between the still-coalition partners intensified. "The Italians face an absurd government crisis, wanted by the Lega," wrote star leader Luigi Di Maio on Facebook on Saturday, accusing the Lega of egotism. "Obviously, the Lega spent the time this year examining the poll numbers."
Salvini started the weekend on Twitter with the words: "We respond to the insults of Grillini (Stars) and Co. only with the power of our ideas." The right-wing populist, who since the government in June 2018 as the real strong man in Rome applies, has already opened the election campaign with a "summer tour" before the formal end of the government is sealed. On Saturday and Sunday were several appearances in southern Italy on his program.
For months, Salvinis Lega recorded a survey high. A vote of the five-star movement against a supported by the Lega railway project, the party leader now took the opportunity to terminate the coalition. Salvini made it clear on Thursday that he sees no future for the Alliance and wants to vote as soon as possible.
A new election will be decided by President Sergio Mattarella. But he comes into play only when the resignation of the government is formalized. Before dissolving the parliament, he should first explore whether there is an alternative majority - which is considered unlikely. 60 days after the dissolution of Parliament, an election could take place. A new election is unlikely before the end of October.
In Italy, it is thought possible that Mattarella could set up an expert government to handle the election - and possibly also draft a budget law. Italy should actually send its budget to the European Commission by 15 October.
Salvini, however, was sensitive to a comment by the radio correspondent of the ARD studio in Rome. Jörg Seisselberg said on Friday that Salvini was the "most dangerous populist in Europe" with realistic chances for the post of head of government "in a coalition that would not slow him down in his sometimes extreme right course, his incitement against foreigners and against Europe, but would rather strengthen . "
Seisselberg added: "I can understand who gives this thought goose bumps." Salvini countered: "We are no longer in the 30s, in our country there is no Hitler on the horizon and who governs Italy, decide the Italians!"
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